Southern Charm

After two drama filled episodes of Southern Charm, it was time for a calm catch-up wasn’t it? Last night’s episode was just that, with a little dose of puppeteering from a guy who loves to pit women against one another. And no, I’m not talking about the brew master!

Austen Kroll’s girlfriend has hung up on him after spying Naomie Olindo’s Instagram story that shows him sitting a tad too close for comfort with Chelsea Meissner. Ashley Jacobs wants to hit the hot tub with Whitney Sudler-Smith who jokes she should soak with her new friends. As she cackles, Kathryn Dennis and Naomie sneak out of the kitchen before Ashley gets any ideas. Austen pulls Chelsea aside to share Victoria’s rage. Chelsea hates that Austen is being forced to choose between dating Victoria and maintaining a friendship with Chelsea, but that seems to be what is happening. He doesn’t understand. If Chelsea was hurt by his relationship and wanted him back, it would be one thing, but that’s not the case. Is it? IS IT? Austen certainly wishes it was.

Season 5 of Southern Charm has been so good. They finally got the casting right and every episode this season has truly delivered. The fandom has banded together against Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs. Kathryn Dennis is finally getting the support she deserves. There is just so much going on this season.

The rumors that Thomas Ravenel will not attend the upcoming Southern Charm reunion have just been substantiated by Bravo! That makes it official, y’all – it’s a white pants-free zone.

Frankly, I’m not surprised by the decision. Not only has Thomas been battling two high profile sexual assault allegations, but Patricia Altschul and Whitney Sudler-Smith are not speaking to him in the wake of not only his legal issues but also the vile tragedy that is his girlfriend Ashley Jacobs. And Patricia has made NO secret of her disgust towards Thomas. ‘Bout time lady! Did Michael slip a wake up call in her cocktail and a reality check under her perfectly ironed cat-ty caftan? 

OK, y’all get ready cause I’m about to weigh in on the atrocious Southern Charm drama. I don’t know what bee flew into Ashley Jacobs’ hair, but after three months of dating the T Rav she’s abandoned sanity, lost the ability to deep condition, and turned into a Snapped meets The Bachelor crossover!

Essentially there aren’t even words to describe how far Ashley crossed the line, however, the cast, including the target of the tiger’s eye Kathryn Dennis, were asked if they feel Ashley went too far in Hilton Head. Craig Conover definitively summed it up with, “Yes would be the understatement of the century.” I fully expect this to be cross-stitched on a pillow and delivered to Ashley very soon.

And sometimes, if only to spite Naomie Olindo, Craig makes total and utter sense. 

A lot of your favorite reality TV stars enjoyed their Monday off for Memorial Day. Many of them shared photos hanging out with family and friends and sweet sentiments honoring the troops in their captions.

Teen Mom star Chelsea Houska and former Orange County Housewife Meghan Edmonds showed off their baby bumps. Teen Moms Jade Cline and Kayla Sessler shared photos playing with their babies outside.

A lot of reality TV stars really go through the ringer for that taste of fame and the opportunity to endorse products on Instagram. Is it really worth it? Apparently so. On the flip side, there are other people who appear on reality television that just don’t seem phased by the situation. They’ve never been in major scandal and they don’t dwell too much on the criticisms.

Two people that just really seem to be all about going with the flow and not getting bogged down with stress are Southern Charm stars Shep Rose and Cameran Eubanks. Shep doesn’t seem to ever get stressed out about anything and Cameran has managed to keep her personal life away from the reality TV cameras all while being the narrator of this show.

I don’t think it would be humanly possible for me to get sick of Southern Charm even if it aired all year long. This season, in particular, has been everything, and it’s not because of someone claiming to play the role of villain after getting reamed for their bad behavior. It’s been so fun to watch Kathryn Dennis get her life together while Thomas Ravenel implodes (or explodes as happened last night). This week’s episode had everything: Craig Conover hit rock bottom, Naomie Olindo acted crabby, and Shep Rose, who loves EVERYONE, was unable to stomach T-Rav’s latest plus one. Mix in some mild canoodling (and tears) from Chelsea Meissner and Austen Kroll, and it was a winner! Just kidding, it was full-on hard to watch mess thanks to what’s her name. My friend, who has been hesitantly straddling the Team Kathryn fence (she can’t forget), expressed it best when she texted me that her husband had a headache due to the amount of screaming she’d been doing at her TV in favor of our underdog.

Last week’s cliffhanger had everyone screaming “What Dau…fu(skie)?!?” at their television screens when Ashley Jacobs came for Kathryn on the charmers’ weekend getaway to Hilton Head Island. Just a quick refresher: Ashley really wants to be invited to Saint’s birthday party, so she went about procuring an invitation in the best way possible…feigning sympathy for the passing of Kathryn’s grandmother followed by insulting Kathryn’s mothering skills. It’s Emily Post 101, y’all!

Even though I have always been #TeamKathryn, it’s taken a few years for the other Southern Charm fans to see what I’ve seen all along and support the person who has always made this show interesting: Kathryn Dennis.

All it took was for Kathryn to acquire an enemy that absolutely no one could side with: Thomas Ravenel’s new girlfriend Ashley Jacobs. From her instantly moving to Charleston to be with Thomas to rubbing it in Kathryn’s face that she first met Kathryn’s kids on Mother’s Day, this woman just hasn’t made a great impression on the fandom. Let’s not forget the first scene of the season with Ashley telling Kathryn that she is “just an egg donor.” There really isn’t a whole lot to root for when it comes to Ashley, so by default pretty much everyone is on Kathryn’s “side” in every single altercation they have.